Shooting Freethrows

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in How-to, Throwing | 1 comment

Basketball players practice free throws a lot – and they still miss.  I think centering is a lot like free throws – at first you miss a lot , then you get into a cycle of improving and relapsing.  Finally, you center effectively most of the time.  I say most of the time because I don’t always get my clay centered – usually this is due to bad wedging or dry clay.  But it happens.  For the beginning and intermediate potters, this can be very frustrating.  The key to success is perseverance.  I assure them they will get it with...

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Recipe for Dessert Plates

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in How-to, Plates, Throwing | 0 comments

When I make a new pot (a new design or different form), I consider several things: Glazes (yes, this is a consideration from the beginning) Pot function Pot scale Foot, rim, and appendages Part of the design process is working out the logistics; and, taking notes makes it easier to keep track of those logistics.  In order to make pots efficiently, I need to know some basic stats (weight and size).  And, as I don’t remember details well, I keep the information corralled in a notebook.  For me, this one of the most important parts of developing/designing a pot.  For example, last year, when I...

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Pottery – There’s an App for that!

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Pottery, Throwing | 0 comments

It is 7 in the morning and you are itching to get into the studio but it isn’t open for several hours.  Here is something to tide you over until you get to a wheel… Virtual...

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Resources or Distractions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Teapot, Throwing, Uncategorized, Workshop | 0 comments

There are so many pottery resources.  It is a very generous community –workshops, books, blogs, YouTube Videos, Websites, Galleries, Open Studios, classes, guilds.  So much sharing.  One could get sucked into the vortex of reading/talking/learning about pottery and never do pottery. Julie and I attended a workshop with a woman who owned every tool available.  Her tool kit was AMAZING and worth a small fortune.  But, she didn’t make pots.  In the course of 5 days, she made 2 pots.  Sometimes you have to drop the pretense and engage with the clay because there is more benefit in doing all that...

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Intentional Pursuit

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in How-to, Teapot, Throwing, Uncategorized, Winter Blue, Workshop | 0 comments

“You can choose what you do, but you can’t choose what you like to do.”       Grechin Rubin I exercise but I wish I liked to run.  I have tried to like it.  I got better at running for a while but I never developed a love for it.  Sometimes I say I don’t like something but the truth is I am afraid or uncomfortable.  But in the case of running, I really don’t like it. I have been contemplating this quote by G. Rubin.  The truth of it reverberates with me because it enlightens a reality that hasn’t been tangible for me.  I could spend a lot of time and energy trying to love running...

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Set and Match

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Bowls, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples, Orders, Plates, Pottery, Selling Pottery, Throwing, Tools | 0 comments

We finished a commissioned order of dinnerware which included 16 dinner plates, 12 salad plates, 12 bread plates, 12 cereal bowls, and 12 chili bowls.  So I wanted to review some things that we learned while making the dinnerware order. A successful set is uniform, stack wells, and relates to the other pieces in the series. In order to make uniform pieces, we developed a ‘recipe’ for each piece by identifying the critical measurements in each of the pots. For example – dinner plate: 5.5 lbs of clay Open to 10 inches wide Pull rim to 2 inches Round the rim with chamois Final plate...

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